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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Bests $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

It took 26 days for the live-action remake to join the Billionaires’ Club

Disney has just added another film to the Billionaires’ Club, as their live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” became the 29th film — and the 14th from the House of Mouse — to gross more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office on Thursday.

Released back on March 17, the film reached the billion-dollar target in 26 days, starting with a domestic opening weekend total of $174.7 million that has since ballooned to a $438 million cume, more than the animated original’s $425 million worldwide total.

Overseas, the film has enjoyed strong results from all major markets, including $85 million in China, $72 million in the U.K., and even $14.5 million in Russia, where the film got a 16+ rating for the gay undertones given to Gaston’s buddy, LeFou.

It has also managed to beat out some major recent titles with its $227 million total in Europe, outgrossing some major comic book movies like “Deadpool,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Batman v Superman,” and “Suicide Squad” across the Atlantic.

“Beauty” now needs just around $25 million to pass “Alice In Wonderland” and crack the top 25 all-time highest grossing films list, and it could reach that total next weekend when it opens in Japan.

With “Beauty and the Beast” now past the ten-digit milestone, the last five movies to gross a billion worldwide have all come from Disney. The other four films, “Zootopia,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Finding Dory,” and “Rogue One,” have all reached that mark within the last twelve months. The last non-Disney billion-dollar film was Universal/Illumination’s “Minions,” which reached that mark back in August 2015.

In the months to come, Disney could have as much as four more billion-dollar hits coming down the pipe, with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Cars 3,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” all likely to hit that mark.